Our Michigan medical malpractice attorneys at the law firm of Goodman Acker have recently filed a malpractice lawsuit against Henry Ford Macomb Hospital for failure to timely diagnose and treat a stroke patient, resulting in the patient’s death.
Tim Sulolli, medical malpractice attorney at our law firm is representing the patient’s family against the hospital. Our client was a 50-year-old married man who worked at a construction supply company.
One evening while residing at his home in Macomb Township, he began experiencing a sudden onset of slurred speech and was unable to move the right side of his body. As a result, a family member called 911 where he was evaluated by an EMS team and then emergently transferred to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.
Our client had suffered a stroke; however the nurses and doctors at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital failed to recognize his symptoms and therefore failed to timely administer a Tissue Plasminogen Activator (t-PA) to our patient, as well as a timely transfer for interventional care, including a Merci clot retrieval.
A t-PA is used to dissolve blood clots. It can be given to patients to help treat those having a stroke caused by a blood clot (ischemic stroke). It is given in a vein (intravenously, or IV) and in some cases may be given directly into an artery.
Seeing that our client arrived within one hour of his stroke symptoms, he would have made an excellent candidate for an IV tPA that could have saved his life.
The lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court for the County of Macomb. Our medical malpractice attorney is seeking justice and compensation on behalf of the patient’s family for the wrongful death of their loved one. Damages sought includes amount of lost income due to the death of the family member (past, present, and future), loss of household services of which the surviving family have been deprived (includes help around the home, maintenance, and other services), loss of companionship the family will suffer, funeral and burial expenses, medical bill expenses incurred, as well as the conscious pain and suffering suffered by our client from the time of the incident until the time of death.
When hospitals and its staff fail to timely diagnose and treat a condition, such as a stroke, that a patient is showing symptoms of, it is considered medical malpractice. If this happens, more often than not the patient is subjected to much harsher treatment when the condition is finally properly diagnosed, or in this instance, wrongful death may be a result.
In the instance that you or your family member believe you have suffered permanent injury or death as result of a Michigan hospital, nurse or health care provider failing to properly diagnose or treat a stroke in a time to treat it effectively, you should contact an expert and qualified medical malpractice attorney.
These types of cases are complex and not only require legal knowledge but also an in-depth knowledge of complex medical concepts, terminology, and treatment. In fact, at a very basic level, for a failure to treat stroke claim to be successful it must be proven that the hospital, doctor or medical professional treating you made a mistake and that you were harmed as a result of their negligence or error. This can often times be very hard to prove and the hospital will take all precautionary measures to try and not be considered at fault. An experienced attorney on your side will know how to negotiate with the hospital and make sure that you do not fall into any of their traps they pull that could possibly ruin your case and right to compensation.
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